The 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival has announced an extra night and 15 more performers to pay tribute to a legend.
The Michigan Tribute to John Prine will take place, virtually, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, following two nights of other festival performances. Each of the artists will cover a one of the late singer-songwriter's songs during the special.
Prine's roots with the festival run deep. He headlined the first Ann Arbor Folk Festival in 1976, playing only for transportation costs. More recently he closed the 42nd festival during January of 2018.
Prine -- an Illinois native known as the writer of classics such as "Angel From Montgomery," "When I Get to Heaven" and "In Spite of Ourselves" -- died last April 7 of complications from COVID-19. Dring his career he won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. After his death he was named the Poet Laureate of Illinois.
Performers for the Michigan Tribute to John Prine include the Accidentals, Al Bettis, Annie & Rod Capps, Chris Buhalis, Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis, Dick Siegel, Erin Zindle, Jill Jack, Joshua Davis, Matt Watroba & Robert Jones, May Erlewine, Michigan Rattlers, The RFD Boys, Seth Bernard and the War & Treaty. Tickets are $10 via theark.org/folk-festival, and the show will be streaming through Feb. 7.
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